Senate wants NSF to spend more on cyber personnel

Friday - 7/23/2010, 5:03pm EDT

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  • A Senate spending panel wants the National Science Foundation to triple its investment in training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The agency's spending bill was recently approved by the Senate Appropriations committee. Science Insider reports that NSF would receive all but $71 million of its $7.4 billion request -- a 6.2% increase for the 2010 fiscal year. The agency would get $45 million -- $15 million of which would be devoted to scholarships -- to train cyber-security professionals who work for the federal government.

  • GAO is calling for a set of rules to oversee how your agency participates in sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Twenty-two of 24 major federal agencies have a presence on Web 2.0 sites. Those tools have been seen as a way to help engage the public. But, the Government Accountability Office told lawmakers this week that the government's use of these tools presents security and privacy issues. Read more at the Dorobek Must Reads.

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